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2128 Center (near Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM. In addition to its regular programming, this theater is offering a 10-week midnight movie series. $6.
SATURDAY (March 2): The course of John Cusack's love life suggests he's Better Off Dead (Savage Steve Holland, 1985) midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video screen as part of a "Cine-Bistro" once only this week, complete with meal. $30 general, $25 members.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 27): The second of Eric Rohmer's seasonal stories, A Tale of Winter (1992) finds a young woman torn between two lovers and a memory 7 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (Feb. 28): Noise Pop -- a musical series as part of the local music festival commences with Okie Noodling and other films by Brad Beesley. Soundtrack by the Flaming Lips 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 1): Noise Pop -- Don Letts' The Clash -- Westway to the World 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 2): Noise Pop -- Blood Hag: The Sooner You Go Deaf the More Time You Will Have to Read screens with Everybody's Dying Here, a Mexican girl punk documentary 1:30 p.m. Radiohead: Reflections on Kid A plus Sonic Cinema: Sparklehorse 3:30 p.m. Open Cinema hosts "Underground Zero: Independent Filmmakers Respond to 9/11," a program of new shorts made in response to an appeal by local artists Caveh Zahedi and Jay Rosenblatt. Included are filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Leighton Pierce, Lynn Sachs, and many more 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (March 3): Noise Pop -- The Atlas Moth and Soul Asylum: Something Out of Nothing 1:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8184. $7 regular admission; $7.50 for Wednesday's special program. This pleasant old house normally runs double-bill programs on its two screens. Wednesday's regular program is suspended for a party.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 27): The Balboa celebrates its 76th anniversary with a "Birthday Party" re-creating a film program of 1926. In addition to live music and a magician, the Balboa is screening coming attractions, the Felix the Cat cartoon Futuritzy, a sing-along "cartune" from the Fleischer Brothers, Sweet Adeline, Chapter 6 of the Ruth Roland serial Haunted Valley, and Buster Keaton's classic comedy The General (1926). Doors open at 7:15 p.m. with the feature film at 8:45 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace -- recently refurbished -- designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: It's the long, long version of Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now Redux (1979/2001), with the added interpolations of French plantation and stranded bunnies proving the soundness of Chef's advice "Don't get off the boat. Never get off the boat" noon, 4, 8 p.m.
STARTS THURSDAY: The lives of gay and lesbian Hasidic and Orthodox Jews, Trembling Before G-d (Sandi Simcha DuBowski, 2001), screens through March 14. See Opening for review 7, 9:10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 12:30, 2:40, 4:50 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $8 save as noted. Berkeley's innovatively programmed art house puts on some of the most conceptually daring double bills in town.
WEDNESDAY: New prints of Luis Buñuel's last film, the wittily perverse That Obscure Object of Desire (France, 1977; 7:15 p.m.) and Hector Babenco's prison melodrama Kiss of the Spider Woman (Brazil, 1985; 9:15 p.m.).
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Feb. 28-March 6): Two corrosive films from the 1950s peel the paint off that allegedly conformist era (in fact, how many genuinely heretical films do the mainstream studios produce now?). Alexander Mackendrick's Sweet Smell of Success (1957; 7:15 p.m.) features Burt Lancaster as the king of gossip and Tony Curtis as his dogsbody in dirty deeds; Orson Welles' border-town noir Touch of Evil (1958; 9:05 p.m.; also Sun 5:10 p.m.) stars Welles himself as a sheriff oozing with corruption.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $7.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Joe and Harry Gantz's Sex With Strangers (2001); see Ongoing for review 5, 7:30, 9:55 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Lumiere is off calendar for a week. Call for program.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 for reservations and information. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a spring/summer "CinemaLit" series of projected video of classics, with salon-style discussions after the films.
FRIDAY (March 1): A series of movies based on the writings of John Steinbeck opens with David Thomson lecturing on James Dean and Elia Kazan's film version of East of Eden (1954) 6:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: Scholar Russell Merritt's film history course, open to the public, screens Jean Renoir's early sound film La Chienne (France, 1931) 3 p.m. Video essays by Ursula Biemann include Writing Desire (2000) and Remote Sensing (2001), about e-mail-order brides and international sex trafficking, respectively 7:30 p.m.